Wink Hartman Issues Statement on Veto Override

June 7, 2017

Wichita – Wink Hartman, businessman and Republican Candidate for Governor, issued the following statement regarding the Legislature’s override of Governor Brownback’s tax-plan veto:

“The tax plan that was passed by the Legislature last night – which will go down as the single largest tax-hike in the history of Kansas – wasn’t the right solution for Kansas families. Aside from raising taxes retroactively on every Kansan, it failed to address the two core problems with the career politicians in Topeka – out-of-control wasteful spending and no plan to grow our economy.


We need a vision to grow our economy, attract good-paying jobs, bring structural balance to our budget and to identify efficiencies in government to make sure every tax dollar is spent wisely.


This has been an especially contentious Legislative Session after a painful few years of Kansas political history. Let’s be clear about one thing – this mess was created by the career politicians in Topeka who are now asking Kansas taxpayers to bail them out. It underscores exactly why we need to elect a different kind of Governor in 2018 who has experience balancing budgets and creating jobs. As a businessman and political outsider, I understand we need new leadership to Fix Topeka and that’s exactly what we’ll bring.”